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Category Archives: cocktails

Cocktail Corner: Kings Carey Wines

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg No matter how many times I’m reminded that you can’t judge a book by its cover, I’m still a sucker for an interesting wine label, so I was particularly intrigued by the samples I recently received from Kings Carey Wine, the new label by Liquid Farm […]

Cocktail Corner: A Taste of Italy with DoctorWine

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As far as I’m concerned, one of the only things more fun than enjoying a great wine and food pairing is enjoying it with smart people who are willing to share their knowledge and make the experience even more delicious. When DoctorWine himself, Daniele Cernilli—a highly […]

Cocktail Corner: New Lead Mixologist Brings Creative Concoctions to Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Mary Valdez has taken the helm of the renowned bar program at Outpost at the Goodland, bringing a host of fun and creative new items to the already stellar menu.  We checked out the first in what will be a series of seasonal beverage menus  last week, […]

Cocktail Corner: 7th Annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years, but the 7th  Annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival (SBFF) is coming up this weekend and it looks like it’s going to be even better than ever. For those of you who’ve never attended, SBFF is an annual gathering […]

Cocktail Corner: Wine & Fire Weekend

by lesliedinaberg on August 18, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance hosts the annual Wine & Fire Weekend Aug. 18-20. In addition to special events and tastings throughout the weekend at member wineries, there is also a Barn Party at Dierberg Star Lane on Friday Aug. 18, where member wineries will share their […]

Cocktail Corner: August Ridge Vineyards Opens Tasting Room in La Arcada

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg A little gem of a tasting room recently opened its doors in La Arcada.  August Ridge Vineyards, a family-owned winery ten miles outside of Paso Robles in Creston, specializes in Italian varietals (Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Primitivo and more). The winery was started by John Backer and Jill […]

Local Lowdown: Carrying a Torch for Tiki Drinks

by lesliedinaberg on July 6, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg Entering Solvang’s High Roller Tiki Lounge is like taking a trip back to the mid-century era of kitsch culture—perhaps an episode of Mad Men on a tropical vacation crossed with a visit to Disneyland’s Tiki Room. This clever concept shouldn’t be a surprise, given that owner Michael Cobb had a 17-year career with […]

Cocktail Corner: Sweet Summer Sips

by lesliedinaberg on June 30, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Nothing says summer like sipping a Margarita on the rocks on 4th of July weekend, as far as I’m concerned, but if you want to mix it up a bit, there are lots of great cocktail options around town. Switching out Tequila for Mezcal is […]

Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Santo Mezcal!

by lesliedinaberg on June 24, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Like its cousin Tequila, Mezcal is made from agave, which, contrary to popular belief, is not a cactus but is actually a relative of the yucca plant and Joshua tree. While tequila is only be made in the Tequila region (similar to Champagne, vs. sparkling wine labels), […]

Local Dish: Carrots and Curry and Cocktails at Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2017

  By Leslie Dinaberg It’s officially summer time, and the seasonal offerings at Outpost are designed to savor during those warm, lazy summer nights. We recently enjoyed a terrific tasting of Chef Nick Bajal‘s latest menu. Here are some of the highlights: I started off the evening with fun new cocktail, Rabbit Season, which features […]